A 22-year-old man was shot and killed in Manassas, Virginia, Saturday night in a hail of bullets that flew into homes and a car window.
Edwin Ivan Chicas, 22, died after he was shot multiple times on the 7500 block of Quail Run Lane. Prince William County police responded about 9:50 p.m.
His mother heard the gunshots that killed him, she said. Her husband ran outside to see what was happening and found the young man, who family members called Junior, on the ground.
"He said, 'Junior, somebody shooting Junior,'" the mother said. "I got in shock, I'm telling you, when I see my son over there on the floor with a lot of blood."
When a neighbor heard the shots, he ran to help Chicas.
"It sounded like the bullets were going off in my house. That's how loud it was," Dion Smith said.
Smith said he ran out his front door and saw a car speed away. Then he ran over to Chicas.
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"He said, 'Help me.' I said, 'You been shot?' He said, 'Yeah, I been shot,'" Smith recalled. "I just told him, 'I'll stay with you until they get here.'"
Two bullet holes in the siding on Smith's house remind him of the chaos.
Chicas was rushed to a hospital, where he died.
The mother said she feared for her son because he spent time with gang members. Asked if she believed the shooter or shooters were gang members, she said, "I guess they are, because normal people, I don't think they kill somebody like that."
One of the victim's sisters wept as she spoke about what Chicas was like.
"He was a very good brother, and he was a very good uncle, and he was a very loving person and he didn't deserve this at all," she said.
Neighbors visited on Monday to express sympathy. Green spray paint on the ground marked where police found many bullet slugs and casings. Neighbors said they had never seen violence like this near their homes.
The Chicas family is raising money to pay for Edwin Chicas's funeral. They set up a GoFundMe page.
Police do not have a description of the suspect or suspects.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police at 1-866-411-TIPS, send a text message that includes PWC to 274637 or submit a tip online by visiting the Crime Solvers Facebook page. A reward of as much as $1,000 is offered.